DATE: 10/10/08

Donna Rahier, 360-569-2211, ext. 2301 < /p>

With the arrival of Fall, Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Dave
Uberuaga advises visitors of the current status of park facilities and
access. Fall is a great time of year for visitors to come to the park and
enjoy smaller crowds, fall colors, warm sunny days or to see the first
snows of the season. However, Fall is also the time of year when park
staff begin shutting down areas in preparation for winter. Visitors are
reminded that weather conditions can change rapidly at this time of year,
and should come prepared for possible inclement weather.< /p>


Paradise Area: Paradise Inn closed for the season on October 5 and will
remain closed until spring.< /p>

The new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center opened to the public on
Friday, October 10 and will be open daily through Sunday, October 12. From
October 13 through December 31 the visitor center will be open on weekends
and holidays (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The visitor center offers new exhibits,
park information, a new park movie, book store and gift shop, as well as
food service.< /p>

The road between Paradise and Longmire currently remains open 24 hours. As
winter weather patterns begin, the road will be closed between Longmire and
Paradise on a nightly basis. Visitors are advised to carry chains in their
vehicles at this time of year and to be prepared for inclement weather.< /p>


Sunrise Area /White River Areas: The Sunrise /White River areas will remain
open to the public through Monday October 13, then will close to vehicle
access for the season. The road will be gated at the junction with State
Route 410. Hikers and bicyclists may still access the area, but no
restrooms or other public facilities will be available once the road is
closed.< /p>

A variety of visitor-oriented businesses located outside the park in the
Enumclaw, Greenwater, and Naches areas remain open to accommodate visitors
throughout the fall and winter seasons when the east side of the park is
closed. These businesses offer food, lodging, recreational opportunities
and other amenities.< /p>

Ohanapecosh Area: All public facilities in the Ohanapecosh area will close
for the season October 13.< /p>

Longmire Area: Mount Rainier Guest Services operates the National Park Inn
and General Store at Longmire. These facilities are open year-round and
offer meals, lodging, gifts, ski rentals and ski instruction. For hotel
reservations call 360-569-2275. For other inquiries call 360-569-2400.< /p>

The Longmire Museum is open year-round providing visitor information,
exhibits, book sales, and climbing permits. Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
daily.< /p>

Cougar Rock Campground will remain open to camping through October 13.

Sunshine Point Campground remains closed due to flood damage and will not
reopen this year.< /p>

Carbon River /Mowich Lake Areas: Ipsut Creek Campground is open to walk-in
and bike-in access only due to flood damage. Wilderness Camping Permit
required for overnight stay. No fires or pets allowed. The Mowich Lake
Road will remain open to vehicles through October 20 unless closed by snow.< /p>

For more detailed information visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov /mora
or for recorded information call 360-569-2211. For information on lodging
within the park, call 360-569-2275.< /p>

Numerous businesses in the gateway communities surrounding the park are
open daily to accommodate park visitors. Information on these businesses
is available on the internet at visitrainier.com, www.mt-rainier.com
or www.desitnationpackwood.com. < /p>

For recorded park information call 360-569-2211 and follow the menu choices
or visit the Mount Rainier web page at www.nps.gov /mora. < /p>

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